Its a year today since my ablation and i just wanted to let you all know that although it seems unlikely at times, there is life after AF.....
Just a short medical recap. I went straight into persistent AF in September 2014. I had a CV in October 2014 which lasted 9 months, then straight back into persistent AF. I had an ablation on 29th March 2016 since then all ok.
It isn't all a bunch of roses to be sure. I had some complications after my procedure including a small pulmonary embolism but I am now drug free.
I haven't been on the forum for a little while as one of the massive downsides of my AF (apart from the condition itself and intolerance to pretty much all the meds.) was huge anxiety and a little dose of depression thrown in. I've been working quite hard to combat this with therapy and mindfulness and whilst I'm not exactly in denial about my condition I find that trying not to think about it too much helps enormously. Looking at the forum had become a bit of a compulsion - I'm sure some of you know exactly what I'm talking about - which ultimately wasn't very healthy for me. For others I'm sure its the best thing....
I also tell myself daily how lucky I am. Since my ablation I have had no symptoms of AF whatsoever (which I think is fairly unusual). Life hasn't been exactly stress free either. My dad died 6 weeks before my procedure and a month later my my my was diagnosed with cancer and sadly she died at the beginning of March this year. My parents lived with us so its been pretty grim. Along with all the other stresses and strains of life - getting back to work, 2 children etc etc its all been quite hard work and at times I've convinced myself that the AF is going to come back - if stress was my trigger (I don't know what caused it by the way) I think it definitely would have!
I don't feel that I'm out of the woods stress wise at all. I still carry my bisoprolol and anti-coagulant around with me (!) and I haven't plucked up the courage to travel abroad yet. Do I think about my AF everyday? Probably, although sometimes only fleetingly. Do I have any regrets about the ablation? Absolutely not and if my AF were to come back I wouldn't hesitate to do it again. AF and the drugs to combat it made my life a total misery, as I'm sure many of you understand. Is my life wonderful now? No, but I'm prone to anxiety and sadness anyway - a different person would have coped better with everything. The thing is that I'm getting there and my life IS damn site better than it was a year ago today.
So my advice - do what is right for you but don't be put off having an ablation - it is a godsend to may AF sufferers and I think it may have saved my life (if that's not too poetic)!